Tesla has announced another unveiling event for October 2016, but just what does Elon Musk have up his sleeve?
Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk has announced there will be a “product unveiling” on the 17th of October 2016, making that two in one month.
Speaking on Twitter, the billionaire entrepreneur said: “Tesla product unveiling on the 17th (unexpected by most), followed by Tesla/SolarCity on the 28th.”
Musk had already mentioned showing off the Tesla and Solar City solar roof with an integrated Powerwall 2.0 battery and Tesla charger – the first product to come as a result of the Tesla and Solar City merger – in earlier tweets.
As for the other date, the general consensus is that it will be a follow-up to the Model 3 unveiling – something Musk has mentioned previously, meaning we may well learn more details of what exactly the affordable all-electric car will entail.
Battery capacity, models available, exact performance figures, spec levels, how it plans to keep ramp up production – there is more we don’t know about the Model 3 than we do. All we really know is that Tesla says it has received more than 450,000 pre-orders.
Some observers have suggested the event on the 17th could be for a new model (Model Y, for example), but somehow expecting Tesla to reach production levels of 500,000 vehicles a year and launch an entirely new car seems a little farfetched.
But then this is a man who is aiming to make living on other planets possible so perhaps we will soon be eating our words?
New revisions and/or additions to the Autopilot system featured in Tesla cars could also be part of the unveiling, but unlikely the whole focus as the feature already exists and was recently updated in light of recent accidents.
Whatever Musk has up his sleeves, you can bet your house it will form part of his ‘Master Plan, Part Deux’ he talked about at length earlier in the year, which includes plans to create an all-electric van, pick-up and minbus.
In related news, the entry-level Model X 60kWh variant is no more. “Our product lineup now better serves the needs and desires of a customer looking for a longer range all electric SUV,” a Tesla representative told Recombu Cars when asked why it was removed.
Tesla declined to comment on Musk’s tweet. Perhaps consider killing some time with our Tesla Model S P90D review while we wait for the big reveal?